Baltimore Comic-Con 2012 Panel Schedule

Press Release:
You demanded it and we’re at last ready to deliver — the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con panel schedule!  This year is even more chock-full of comic book goodness than in the past, with sessions ranging from creator spotlights to industry tutorials and more — there’s something for everyone!

Saturday, September 8

Room 301

11:00-12:00 - Kickstarter project management

So, you got funding for your comic…now what? Join Mervyn and Jon of Paperlab Studios as they discuss the thrills, perils, and pitfalls of a successfully-funded Kickstarter from their personal experiences with Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew.

12:00-1:00 - Mark Waid and Thrillbent

Award-winning writer and now publisher Mark Waid talks about Thrillbent.com, his new digital-comics website. He’ll have advice for creators looking to break into digital, sneak peeks at upcoming Thrillbent projects, and other surprises!

1:00-2:00 - Spotlight on Paul Levitz

Readers may know Paul Levitz best for his work on DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes, Justice Society, Worlds’ Finest, and as the co-creator of the Earth-2 Huntress. But he also worked on early fanzines, was President & Publisher of DC Comics from 2002-2009, is a member of the CBLDF board, and is the author of75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Join Levitz and moderator Robert Greenberger as they look back on Levitz’s life in comics.

2:00-3:00 - BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!/BOOM! Town 

BOOM! Studios returns to Charm City with a jam-packed panel! Learn what is next from BOOM! as Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon and VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik run down the most exciting new projects and reveal upcoming titles from BOOM! Studios, KaBOOM!, and BOOM! Town with creators including Roger Langridge (SNARKED), Michael Alan Nelson (VALEN THE OUTCAST), and Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME)! This is a panel you won’t want to miss!

3:00-4:00 - Artist Alley Comics 

Come discover the new home for creator-driven digital comics, Artist Alley Comics! We’ll reveal why the company is important to the future of digital comics for both fans and creators alike.

Co-founders Craig Rousseau, Rich Woodall, and Kelly Yates will be joined on the panel by Richard Case, Randy Green, and Chris Kemple. Moderated by Stephen Mayer, co-host of the Acme Wave Projector podcast.

Free copies of the Artist Alley Comics preview book for 50 people.

www.artistalleycomics.com

4:00-5:00 - Creating Your Comic/Manga from Concept to Publication 

The three time Harvey-nominated husband and wife creators of The Uniques, The Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark, Comfort Love and Adam Withers, teach you how to create your own comic. The entire process – concepting, scripting, thumbnails, pencils, color, PDF’s and CBZ’s, printing, distribution, the web, and even maximizing your convention experience will be covered in this seminar. You will walk away with an understanding of the tools you will need to create and sell your own book.

Room 302-303

11:00-12:00 - Team Cul de Sac

When Richard Thompson, the creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, his friend Chris Sparks began a fundraising effort to honor his friend. With Richard’s support, he asked others to donate artwork featuring the Cul de Sac characters for a Team Cul de Sac book with proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research. Now, join Chris Sparks and other members of Team Cul de Sac including Steve Conley, Matt Dembicki, SL Gallant, Roger Landgridge, and others as they discuss the book, Richard Thompson’s work, and their continuing efforts to raise funds in Richard’s name.

12:00-1:00 - The British Invasion 

In the 1980s, a number of British writers and artists started producing work for American comics and brought a fresh take that appealed to fans and critics alike. That creativity is kept alive today by creators including Brian Bolland (Dial H), Mark Buckingham (Fables), and Barry Kitson (Captain America). Join them and moderator Robert Greenberger for a lively and fun look at their work and the British Invasion of American comics.

1:00-2:00 - Creating Comics the comiXology Way

ComiXology has not only transformed the industry in making digital comics available everywhere, but they have also created the foundation for comic storytelling to be expressed in new ways. Originally created to artfully display comics on small screens, comiXology’s revolutionary Guided View reading technology has evolved to dramatically change how comic stories are being told. From early experiments like Box 13, Valentine, andPower Play to more recent efforts like Marvel’s Infinite Comics, comiXology’s Guided View has ushered in a new era of comic book creation. Join comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts alongside PowerPlay and Infinite Comics artist Reilly Brown and Valentine creator Alex De Campi as they talk about the ins and outs of creating comics using the Guided View tools. Roberts will also discuss comiXology’s plans for these tools.

2:00-3:00 - The Future of VALIANT

Valiant is back and, just a few months in, the buzz couldn’t be bigger for the most successful relaunch in comics! Now, find out what the future holds for the Valiant Universe with an exclusive round of announcements and in-depth discussion featuring Robert Venditti & Cary Nord (X-O Manowar), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), Justin Jordan (Shadowman), Executive Editor Warren Simons and a few surprise special guests! What fateful events lay beyond the horizon for the Valiant Universe? Who will stand to challenge X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and the rest of Valiant’s greatest heroes this fall? And with Shadowman just around the corner, who will be the next iconic character to enter the fray? Find out right here as Valiant begins drafting its grand plans for 2013, only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

 

PLUS, no fan will want to miss the special door prizes Valiant will have on hand for every panel attendee.

3:00-4:00 - Dynamite Entertainment presents Garth Ennis 

Join writer Garth Ennis and Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt for a lively hour of discussion on all things Boys, Battlefields, Dynamite, and more!

4:00-5:00 - The History of Censorship in Comics 

Since the very beginning of the art form, comics have been the victim of near-constant scrutiny and censorship. Learn about the history of this persecution, from book-burnings in the 1940′s, to Senate Hearings in the 1950′s, through to today, when fans routinely have their digital media searched by moral watchdogs. Instances of censorship in every decade will be discussed, as well as why they occur, and how they are fought, and can be prevented. Presented by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Deputy Director Alex Cox, and Comic Author and Historian Fred Van Lente.

Room 307-310

1:00-2:00 - Spotlight on Phil LaMarr

You may know Phil LaMarr from his five-year run on Fox’s MADtv. Or you may know him from his voice work on such animated shows as Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock, Futurama, and Family Guy. Here’s your chance to spend an hour with Phil and learn even more about this talented actor, comedian, and life-long comic fan.

 

2:00-3:00 - Meet the Co-Publisher

DCE Panelist: Dan DiDio

Moderator: Bob Wayne

As the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, Dan DiDio is one of the driving forces behind DC Comics - The New 52, DC’s digital initiative, Before Watchmen, and much more. Here’s your chance to discover more behind-the-scenes information from one of the industry’s most dynamic leaders!

 

3:00-4:00 - MARVEL: Marvel NOW! 

A major shake-up is coming for the Marvel Universe, and you can be the first to know the details! In this panel, Tom Brevoort (SVP – Executive Editor) and some special guests will reveal secrets about the launch of a new line of #1 issues including Uncanny Avengers, Iron Man, Indestructible Hulk, Thor: God of Thunder,and Captain America, and answer your questions about what’s coming up in this new iteration of the House of Ideas!

4:00 – Stan Lee VIP ticket-holders may queue up for the Stan Lee Spotlight.

4:15 – General Public may queue up for the Stan Lee Spotlight.

4:30-5:30 - Stan Lee Spotlight

 

Face Front, True Believers! Stan’s back! This is a panel no comics fan will want to miss as Jimmy Palmiotti sits down with the one and only Stan “The Man” Lee! He is a Founding Father of the Marvel Universe and the face of Marvel Comics to legions of fans. Join the writer, editor, actor, and legend as he discusses his illustrious career. Excelsior!

 

Art Auction (2505-2507)

 

Immediately following the Stan Lee panel - Auction of 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook art

 

The art created for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating 15 years of Frank Cho’s Liberty Meadows will be auctioned at this special event! Don’t miss this opportunity to own original art featuring Frank’s characters as depicted by artists including Frank Quitely, Brandon Peterson, Gene Ha, David Petersen, Bernard Chang, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tom Raney, Billy Tucci, Steve Conley, Thom Zahler, Craig Rousseau, Frank Cho, and many others!

 

Sunday, September 9

Room 301 

11:00-12:00 - Future Approaches to Teaching Comics in the High School Classroom

The use of comics as an educational tool to engage students has seen a growing acceptance in many classrooms across the country. While many of the earliest adapters have employed comics to engage challenged and reluctant readers, there is a growing chorus of teachers who are using comics to cover a broad range of subjects at the secondary level. In this session, John Shableski talks with Dr. John Weaver about his experience with introducingWatchmen to his high school students and his more recent endeavors of teaching Ulysses Seen (iPad app). Joining the panel will be Rob Berry, creator of Ulysses Seen, the comic adaptation of James Joyce’s classic work.

 

12:00-1:00 - Ron Marz and Jamal Igle Spotlight

Back in 1994, Jamal penciled eight pages in Green Lantern #52 from a script by series writer Ron Marz. It was Jamal’s first published work, and while the two remained friends ever since, they haven’t worked together in the ensuing years. That’s all about to change, as the two creators meet for a spotlight panel discussing the past, present, and future. Specials guests and the announcement of an exciting new project make this a panel you won’t want to miss.

 

1:00-2:00 - Christianity and Comics With Billy Tucci

In an industry dominated by secular heroes, join award-winning writer/artist Billy Tucci for a enlightening discussion on his Christmas graphic novella, “A Child Is Born” and the portrayal of Christianity in comics.

 

2:00-3:00 - IDW Publishing

2012 has been a huge year for IDW.  Join Vice President of Marketing Dirk Wood, and a guest or two, for inside information on what else is in the works! Announcements, excitement, gossip, prizes, and Q&A!

 

3:00-4:00 - Avatar Press: News and Q&A

Join the Avatar staff and special guest, writer/artist Mike Wolfer (Stitched, Lady Death, Night of the Living Dead), and get all the fresh news from Avatar Press, the industry’s most ground-breaking, risk-taking publisher! Want insight into the hottest titles from such industry luminaries as David Lapham, Garth Ennis, and Alan Moore? Can’t get enough Ferals, Fashion Beast, or Crossed? Find out what new terrors and triumphs this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead, and get your questions answered!

 

Room 302-302

 

11:00-12:00 - Tribute to Joe Kubert

The world of comics lost one of its legendary creators recently with the death of Joe Kubert. Whether through his work on the page, the work done through The Kubert School, or his sons Adam and Andy, his legacy will live on in comics for years to come. Join Paul Levitz, Robert Greenberger, and former students Tom Raney, Timothy Truman, and Thom Zahler as they remember Joe Kubert.

 

12:00-2:00 - MARVEL: Marvel Boot Camp Seminar

 To benefit the Hero Initiative, this special ticketed seminar takes you behind the scenes into the inner philosophy of Marvel Publishing, as SVP – Executive Editor Tom Brevoort shares with the public for the first time the training indoctrination lecture he gives to the Marvel editorial staff. Revealing how Marvel editors think about the business of storytelling as well as inside secrets and tricks-of-the-trade, this lecture will be followed up as time permits with an open Q & A in which attendees can probe Tom’s mind on any and all questions relating to finding a career in the industry. And the proceeds all go to an excellent cause! Tickets will be available throughout the show at the Hero Initiative Booth (1705-1706) for $10.

 

2:00-3:00 - Spotlight on Frank Quitely 

Frank Quitely is a fan-favorite artist whose work includes All-Star Superman and New X-Men. Now’s your chance to learn more about Frank as he discusses his work with artist and teacher, José Villarrubia.

 

3:00-4:00 - Breaking into Comics Right Now!

If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Join BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie and VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik as they give you up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry. Learn what you need to do to make your comic book dreams come true in a world where the Internet and social media have changed everything. This won’t be your grandfather’s “breaking into comics” panel.

 

Room 307-310

 

1:00-4:00 - 4th Annual Costume Contest sponsored by StylinOnline.com

The fun begins at 1:00 pm! With $1,000 up for grabs for the best overall costume and prizes for each of the 10 categories, this is one event all of you cosplayers don’t want to miss! Adult Categories have a $5 entry fee per person and, as always, kids up to age 17 can enter the costume contest for free! For more information and a complete list of categories, visit our website’s Costume Contest page.

 

Kids Love Comics Pavilion (2403)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion is brought to you by The Comic Book Diner (comicbookdiner.com) Comics Podcast, all about the business and fun of creating comics and graphic novels; and the Baltimore Comic-Con.

 

SATURDAY

All Day - Coloring and Drawing Area for Kids of All Ages

Artists and volunteers will be on hand to help kids draw, create their own comics, and have 4 Color Fun! KLC balloons and temp tattoos while supplies last!

 

Kids Comic Contest!

Kids can draw and enter their own comic and win a piece of original art from the KLC Creators! (Please hand in entries by 4:30 pm Saturday to John Gallagher’s booth in the KLC Pavilion!)

(Please note: Kids 12and under should be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

 

11am – 12 noon - Create-A-Cape

Kids can make their own capes and decorate them, with the help of KLC Artists & Volunteers! Please note: these capes do NOT let you fly!

 

12 Noon - Bloop!

Steve Conley draws his little green space monkey, showing how simple shapes allow you to create just about anything!

 

12:45 pm - Betty vs. Veronica with Archie’s Dan Parent

Dan Parent is the writer and artist of many of Archie Comics’ top sellers– now he gives a tutorial on drawing characters in the style of Betty, Veronica, and Jughead!

 

1:30 pm - Kids! Make! Comics! with John & Katie Gallagher

Mr. Gallagher and his 10-year old daughter Katie have created “Zoey & Ketchup,” a graphic novel about a dog & his girl — now it’s YOUR turn! The creators discuss the history of comics, the steps and process of writing, pencilling, inking, & more — then we’ll help you start your own comic!

 

2:15 pm - Mash Up!! with Jamar Nicholas

In 15 minutes, you can create your own superhero or character by combining different ideas, elements, and occupations– Cartoonist Jamar Nicholas shows you how!

 

3 pm - Owly! with Andy Runton

Mr. Runton draws everybody’s favorite forest creatures, including Owly, Wormy, and more!

 

3:45 pm - Jamal Igle Draws Molly Danger!

See how Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Action Comics) draws his own super heroic Molly Danger!

 

4:30 pm - Creating Comics Workshop

Several Kids Comics Creators team up to discuss how they create comics, and take questions from aspiring creators.

6:30 pm – All Comic Contest Entries are Due at John Gallagher’s Booth; KLC Stage closes

 

SUNDAY

 

All Day - Coloring and Drawing Area for Kids of All Ages

Artists and volunteers will be on hand to help kids draw, create their own comics, and have 4 Color Fun! Also, KLC balloons and temp tattoos while supplies last!

(Please note: Kids 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

 

11 am – 12 noon - Mask Mania!

Kids can make their own super-duper masks and decorate them, with the help of KLC Artists & Volunteers. Warning: No Super Villains Allowed.

 

12 Noon - Amelia Rules!

Jimmy Gownley shows you how to draw Amelia & her friends and shows how you can create comics from real life situations

 

12:45 pm - Manga Blitz! with Mary Cagle (www.kiwiblitz.com)

Miss Cagle will give kids guidance on drawing in the Manga style, and making your comics fun!

 

1:30 pm - Aw Yeah, Franco!

Tiny Titans and Aw Yeah Comics! creator Franco takes you on an artistic journey of cool cats, powerful pups, and Tiny… uh, you get the picture!

 

2:15 pm - Knight of the Drawing Board! with Frank Cammuso!

The creator of Max Hamm and Knights of the Lunch Table shows you how to create fun and interesting characters!

 

3 pm – Kids Comics Contest Winners Announced!

 

3:15 pm - Create-A-Hero!

KLC Artists team up with the audience to create original super heroes and silly sidekicks!

 

SIGNINGS

(All times subject to change)

Garth Ennis at the Dynamite Entertainment Booth (1501)

Saturday: 12:30-2:30, 4:30-5:30

Sunday: 1:00-3:00

 

Hero Initiative Booth (1705-1706)

Saturday

10:00-11:00: Chris Ivy

11:00-1:00: John Romita Jr.

2:00-3:30: Herb Trimpe

3:00-5:00: John Romita Jr.

4:00-5:00: Jeff Lemire

5:00-6:00: Mike Choi

 

Sunday

10:00-11:00: John Romita Jr.

11:00-12:00: Jeff Lemire

12:00-1:00: Chris Ivy

1:00-2:00: Herb Trimpe

2:00-4:00: Chris Ivy

 

Phil LaMarr (1810) – fee required

Saturday: 11:00-12:30, 2:30-5:00

Sunday: 11:00-1:00, 2:00-5:00

Portfolio Reviews

Artists: Bring your portfolio and have it reviewed by Greg Tumbarello, Assistant Editor at Legendary Comics. 2:00-4:00 Saturday at Table A312.

Artists: Amazon Studios is doing portfolio reviews throughout the weekend at booth 1602. Times to be announced.

 

TICKETS

Tickets are now available for VIP GOLD, VIP, and General Admission at the Baltimore Comic-Con!

Buy your convention tickets and save time at the show! -http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/
For Harvey Award Tickets - http://baltimorecomiccon.com/harvey-awards/

NYC – Legion of Super-Heroes Book Club

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Writer Paul Levitz appears at Midtown Comics Downtown for their monthly book club on Friday, May 25, 2012 from 6:30pm until 7:30pm.

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Press Release:

It’s the Midtown Comics Book Club! Join us for our monthly Graphic Novel book club at our Downtown store.

This month’s book will be Legion of Super-Heroes: The Choice, and writer Paul Levitz will be there to discuss the book with the club! If that’s not enough to entice, free coffee and donuts will be served!

Don’t have the book yet? Save 25% off cover price at any of our three stores (in-store only). Just mention the Midtown Comics Book Club at the cash register!

The Book Club will meet on Friday May 25th at 6:30PM at Midtown Comics Downtown.

SEATS ARE VERY LIMITED!

See you there!

Legion Of Super-Heroes Vol 1 The Choice
written by Paul Levitz, art by Yildiray Cinar

Paul Levitz, the former President and Publisher of DC Comics and legendary writer of THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, returns to the 31st century super team he made supreme.

This exciting graphic novel picks up on threads from Geoff Johns’ “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes” storyline and ties-in directly with events from GREEN LANTERN CORPS. Levitz and rising star artist Yildiray Cinar join to revitalize one of DC Comics’ most beloved franchises for a new generation.

Midtown Comics

64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038

NYC – Worlds Finest Signing

Midtown Comics is proud to welcome back writer Paul Levitz as he launches the all new World’s Finest #1 from DC Comics at the Downtown store on Thursday May 3rd from 6:00-7:00pm!

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Midtown Comics
64 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038

NYC – Master Writing Class

February 1, 2012 by  
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Paul Levitz teaches a writing class at MoCCA on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM.

TUITION:
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Register by February 1:
$40 | $35 for MoCCA members
Register after February 1:
$50 | $45 for MoCCA members

From one of comics’ undisputed master plotters, PAUL LEVITZ, a discussion of how to construct plots to suit story structures long and short, building ideas from character, and tools for analyzing the form to develop your goals. Everything you ever wanted to know about plotting comics but were afraid to ask!

PAUL LEVITZ was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1956, and entered the comics industry in 1971 as editor/publisher of The Comic Reader, the first mass-circulation fanzine devoted to comics news. He continued to publish TCR for three years, winning two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine. His other fan activities included editing the program books for several of Phil Seuling’s legendary New York Comic Art Conventions. He received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award in 2002 and the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award in 2008. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Levitz is primarily known for his work for DC Comics, where he has written most of their classic characters including the Justice Society, Superman in both comics and the newspaper strip, and an acclaimed run on The Legion of Super-Heroes, a series he’s recently returned to write. Readers of The Buyers’ Guide voted his “Legion: The Great Darkness Saga” one of the 20 best comic stories of the last century, and visitors to the site comicbookresources.com selected the same story as #11 of the Top 100 Comic Book Stories of All Time. Cumulatively, Levitz has written over 300 stories with sales of over 25 million copies, and translations into over 20 languages. As a DC staffer from 1973, Levitz was an assistant editor, the company’s youngest editor ever, and in a series of business capacities, became Executive Vice President & Publisher in 1989 and then served as President & Publisher from 2002-2009. He continues as a Contributing Editor, but is now concentrating on writing and teaching. Paul is the author of the monumental history book, 75 Years Of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Mythmaking, published by Taschen, which won the 2011 Will Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401, (btwn. Houston and Prince), New York, NY 10012

SDCC Announces First 30 Special Guests for 2012

Jim Lee Justice League 5

Comic-Con International has announced the first 30 special guests for their 2012 convention.

Editor’s Note: George Perez has since announced via his Facebook page that he has had to cancel his appearance there this year.

FL – JLA 100 Project Auction

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George Pérez, Paul Levitz, and Alex Saviuk sign at Tate’s Comics on January 21, 2012 from 5-8pm with a Hero Initiative auction following.

Press Release:

The social event of the season will take place January 21, 2012 at Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill, FL, in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area. Tate’s famous Bear and Bird Gallery will display 297 vintage DC Comics cover proofs from 1964-1974 that once belonged to legendary DC Editor Julius Schwartz. To kick off the exhibition, Tate’s is hosting in-store signing with Paul Levitz, George Pérez, and Alex Saviuk on January 21 as well. In addition, the second leg of Hero Initiative’s “Justice League of America 100 Project” auction will take place on the same evening. All proceeds from this big event benefit Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need.

“Proof of Heroes” is a gallery exhibition running January 20th thru March 3rd which will feature nearly 300 comic book cover printer’s proofs, spanning a decade (1964-1974) of Julius Schwartz’ 42 year run as Editor at DC Comics. All the cover proofs in this collection will be available for sale at the price of $100 each, and include a Certificate of Authenticity.

When The Hero Initiative approached Tate’s Comics about the idea of showcasing this collection in their upstairs gallery space, Bear and Bird, they jumped at the chance.

“These unique and cool cover proofs are an important part of DC Comics history,” said store owner Tate Ottati. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a great gallery event for our customers, and to also help out The Hero Initiative with their very worthwhile cause.”

The “Proof of Heroes” Gallery Show Reception will be held January 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., immediately after the signing from 5pm-8 p.m.

During the Proof of Heroes reception, the JLA 100 Project live auction will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. The Justice League of America 100 Project is an exhibition and auction of original covers created by 100 well-known modern comic book superstars, including Alan Davis, George Pérez, John Romita and Alex Ross. On January 20 and 21, fans will have the opportunity to view this travelling action at Tate’s.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such a great project, and also showcased among so many of the greatest artists in the world,” said Hero Initiative Chairman George Pérez. “And of course, it’s wonderful that sales of the covers will go toward helping many comic creators in need.”

This project represents Hero Initiative’s first major collaboration with DC Comics. In addition to the on-site auction of one-third of the featured covers, both hardcover and softcover editions of The Justice League of America 100 Project, a book collecting all the covers, will be available for sale.

“We are honored to support such a worthwhile cause and encourage DC Comics fans to participate in these Hero Initiative auctions that offer one-of-a-kind Justice League #50 covers,” stated Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Entertainment.

If you cannot make this once-in-a-lifetime event and would like to bid on one of these magnificent covers, proxy bidding is available by contacting Joe Davidson at: yensid4disney@gmail.com. Deadline for proxy bids is January 10, 2012.

Tate’s Comics
4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, FL 33351

NYC – Legion of Super-Heroes Signing

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Paul Levitz, Francis Portela, and Fernando Blanco sign at Jim Hanley’s Universe on Tuesday October 18, 2011!

Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

NYC – Legion of Super-Heroes Signing

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Artist Chris Batista signs at Jim Hanley’s Universe on Wednesday October 26, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM!

Edit: Paul Levitz rescheduled for October 18th.

Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

DC Comics Panel Schedule for NYCC 2011

DC Comics anounces its panel schedule for New York Comic Con 2011 at the Jacob K. Javits Center!

Friday, October 14

DC: Talent Search
10:30-11:30am
Join DCE’s Editorial Art Director, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DCE’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo, and MAD Magazine brands. If you want to learn what DCE looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 1B01

DC ALL ACCESS: Batman
1:15pm-2:15pm
Find out everything you need to know about the Dark Knight Detective and his cohorts in the new DC universe—from Batwoman to Batgirl to Robin, the Boy Wonder! Explore the streets of Gotham City with all-star creators such as Lee Bermejo (Batman: Noel), Chris Burnham (Batman Inc.), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics), Greg Capullo (Batman), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Kyle Higgins (Nightwing), Amy Reeder (Batwoman), Scott Snyder (Batman), and Peter J. Tomasi (Batman and Robin)! Room 1A10

Vertigo Visions
3:45pm-4:45pm
Join the writers and artists behind the acclaimed and award-winning brand for a panel about the weird, the wild and the always unexpected with all-star talent including Jason Aaron (Scalped), Brian Azzarello (Spaceman, 100 Bullets), Rebecca Guay (A Flight of Angels), Phil Jimenez (Fairest), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE), Douglas Rushkoff (A.D.D.), Marzena Sowa (Marzi), Sylvain Savoia (Marzi) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire)! And introducing some new Vertigo blood! Room 1A22

DC ALL ACCESS: Green Lantern
5:00pm-6:00pm
In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night, the minds behind the Green Lantern franchise take flight—onto the stage to shed some light on the Emerald Warriors! Join the Corps with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer and Green Lantern writer Geoff Johns, along with Tony Bedard (Green Lantern: New Guardians), Doug Mahnke (Green Lantern), Ivan Reis (Blackest Night), writer Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps) and more! Room 1A10

Saturday, October 15

DC: Talent Search
10:15-10:45am
Join DCE’s Editorial Art Director, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DCE’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine brands. If you want to learn what DCE looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 1A15

VERTIGO: Scary S**T!
10:45am-11:45am
Join Vertigo’s monthly writers as they discuss vampires, zombies, the apocalypse and more, with top creators including Brian Azzarello (Spaceman), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire)! And introducing some new Vertigo blood! Room 1A22

DC ALL ACCESS: Justice League
12:00pm-1:00pm
Before they were the World’s Greatest Superheroes, they were considered the world’s most feared vigilantes. Join some of the creators of the new DC universe in a panel discussion headlined by the creative team behind the flagship title of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 — DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. Including all-star creators such as Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman), Brian Buccellato (The Flash), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Yildiray Cinar (The Fury of Firestorm), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, The Savage Hawkman), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Joe Prado (Aquaman), Ivan Reis (Aquaman), Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman), and Eric Wallace (Mr. Terrific). Room 1A10

DC ALL ACCESS: Superman
1:15pm-2:15pm
With the launch of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52, a new era for Superman begins! Find out what’s in the works for the Man of Tomorrow as we look at his upcoming exploits in ACTION COMICS, SUPERMAN and more! Don’t miss this panel featuring Mahmud Asrar (Supergirl), Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One) and others! Room 1A10

DC ALL ACCESS: The Edge/ The Dark
2:30pm-3:30pm
The DC universe is home to all kinds of heroes – including some who barely fit that name! Hear what’s coming up in the pages of titles like JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, SWAMP THING, O.M.A.C., ALL-STAR WESTERN and more, with top talent including Ivan Brandon (Men of War), Paul Cornell (Stormwatch, Demon Knights), Josh Fialkov (I, Vampire), Keith Giffen (O.M.A.C.), Adam Glass (Suicide Squad), Viktor Kalvachev (Men of War), Andy Lanning (Resurrection Man), Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E.), Justin Norman (All-Star Western), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), and Scott Snyder (Swamp Thing)! Room 1A22

Sunday, October 16

MAD
12:15pm – 1:15pm
MAD is more than just the best-selling humor magazine in the nation – it’s also the inspiration for the hit animated series on Cartoon Network, now in its second season! Find out what’s happening with the Usual Gang of Idiots in this panel featuring MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano and TV producer Kevin Schinick! Room 1A24

DC ALL ACCESS: Meet the Publishers
2:45pm-3:45pm
As Co-Publishers of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC COMICS – THE NEW 52, DC’s digital initiative, and much more, as well as being the artist of JUSTICE LEAGUE and writer of O.M.A.C.! This up-close-and-personal panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions! Room 1A06

DC ALL ACCESS: Young Justice
3:45pm-4:45pm
They may be young – but they’re still heroes! Find out what’s happening for THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, TEEN TITANS and more as DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 unfolds in this panel featuring Franco Aureliani (Tiny Titans), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Tony Bedard (Blue Beetle), Sterling Gates (Hawk and Dove), Jonathan Glapion (Static Shock), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), and Francis Portela (Legion of Super-Heroes)! Room 1A22

 

DC Comics Announces More Creators from The New 52 to Attend NYCC 2011

August 16, 2011 by  
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Aquaman 1 by Ivan Reis

Press Release:

DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES TOP TALENT FROM DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 TO ATTEND NEW YORK COMIC CON

Norwalk, CT, August 15, 2011: Top talent from DC Comics-The New 52 will be attending this year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC). The annual pop culture extravaganza will include guests Mahmud Asrar, Brian Azzarello, Greg Capullo, Cliff Chiang, Tony Daniel, Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen, Paul Levitz, Francis Manapul, Fabian Nicieza, Joe Prado, Amy Reeder, Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Scott Snyder, Peter Tomasi, and more.

Previously announced Guests of Honor, Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, and Jim Lee, Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, the creative team for JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (August 31, 2011), will also be in attendance.

DC Entertainment will once again occupy a 3000 square foot booth on the show floor where fans will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with creators and staff.  The preeminent publisher will be participating in several panels over the course of the weekend and officials at DC note that “behind-the-scenes” information about DC Entertainment will be revealed over the course of the weekend.  The centrally located booth will feature talent signings, free giveaways and early peeks at the newest action figures, statues, busts and other amazing collectibles on display from DC Direct.  The official New York Comic Con poster celebrates DC Comic’s JUSTICE LEAGUE in all their glory set against the iconic NYC backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. The poster is designed by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis. The posters are not for sale, but signed copies are included in the NYCC VIP packages.

New York Comic Con, which will occupy the entire Javits Center in New York City, has quickly grown to be an industry leading event, attracting close to 100,000 fans eager to see the latest in comics, movies, TV, games, toys, fashion and a range of other product and trends which define the pop culture universe.  New York Comic Con will take place October 13 – 16, 2011.

ABOUT THE GUESTS

MAHMUD ASRAR: Mahmud Asrar, an artist hailing from Turkey, has drawn BRIGHTEST DAY: THE ATOM, DYNAMO 5, SHADOWLAND: POWER MAN, and NOVA, among others. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Asrar is drawing SUPERGIRL.

BRIAN AZZARELLO: Brian Azzarello is the Eisner Award winning writer of 100 BULLETS. The New York Times Best Seller’s other notable DC Comics work include JOKER, LUTHOR, HELLBLAZER, FILTHY RICH, DOCTOR 13, SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW, BATMAN: BROKEN CITY, KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE and the upcoming series SPACEMAN to be published by Vertigo. As part of DC Comics- The New 52, Azzarello is writing WONDER WOMAN.

GREG CAPULLO:  Greg Capullo is the artist on BATMAN as part of DC Comics-The New 52. He’s best known for his comic book work, as the quintessential penciler of Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN. He has also worked on Robert Kirkman’s HAUNT.   Other credits include Marvel’s X-FORCE, QUASAR and his own creation, The CREECH, as well as many other titles. Capullo is a regular contributor to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and is responsible for designing and painting the wrap around CD cover art for Disturbed’s “Ten Thousand Fists,” and  penciling the CD cover art for Korn’s “Follow the Leader.”

TONY DANIEL:  Born and raised in the streets of South Chicago, a love for comics, and drawing them, kept young Tony Daniel out of trouble.  By the age of 20 he was already a working professional in the comic’s community.  His list of penciling credits include such hits as X-FORCE, THE TENTH, TEEN TITANS, and BATMAN. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Daniel is the writer and artist on DETECTIVE COMICS and he’s the writer of THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN.

CLIFF CHIANG: Cliff Chiang’s artwork has been hailed for its “fluid and confident storytelling” and “sweeping linework and nuanced style.” Graduating from Harvard University with a joint degree in English Literature and Visual Arts, he worked in editorial at Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC Comics before making the leap into freelance illustration.  His work for DC Comics includes GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY, HUMAN TARGET, DOCTOR 13, and the original graphic novel NEIL YOUNG’S GREENDALE published by Vertigo. As part of DC Comics-The New 52 Chiang is illustrating WONDER WOMAN. He lives in New York City.

DAN DIDIO: Dan DiDio is the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment. He was formerly the VP Executive Editor of DC Comics. DiDio’s writing credits include SUPERBOY and THE OUTSIDERS. As part of DC Comics-The New 52 he is writing OMAC.

KEITH GIFFEN: Keith Giffen is an American comic book artist and writer. His credits include LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, LOBO, JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, AMBUSH BUG, BLUE BEETLE and DOOM PATROL. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Giffen will be illustrating and co-writing OMAC.

PAUL LEVITZ: Paul Levitz, served as President of DC Comics from 2002 to 2009. He is currently a Senior Advisor and Contributing Editor at DC Entertainment. Levitz has written many DC Comics classic characters and series including the JUSTICE SOCIETY, SUPERMAN (in both comics and the newspaper strip), and an acclaimed run on THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, a series he is returning to as part of DC Comics-The New 52. He is also the author of the Eisner Award nominated 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, published by Taschen.

FRANCIS MANAPUL:  Francis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of THE FLASH, which is part of DC Comics-The New 52.  His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as ADVENTURE COMICS, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, and THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES.  His work has been published in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due just to name a few. Manapul was a TV Presenter on SyFy’s Beast Legends, in which he and a team of scientists and adventurers traveled the globe in search of scientific data to create mythical beasts. Manapul was born in Manila, Philippines and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.

FABIAN NICIEZA: Fabian Nicieza is CCO for the FunGoPlay virtual world and Lead Writer for intellectual property managers, Starlight Runner Entertainment, but is best known as a comic book writer whose work includes Marvel titles such as X-MEN, NEW WARRIORS, CABLE & DEADPOOL. His DC Comics writing includes ROBIN, ACTION COMICS, TRINITY and RED
ROBIN. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Nicieza is writing LEGION LOST.

JOE PRADO: Joe Prado is a Brazilian artist whose work for DC Comics includes ACTION COMICS, BIRDS OF PREY, SUPERMAN, TEEN TITANS, BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY. He co-designed this year’s NYCC poster and as part of DC Comics-The New 52 he will be working on AQUAMAN.

AMY REEDER: Amy Reeder got her start at Tokyopop where she wrote and drew the original English language manga FOOL’S GOLD. She went on to become the ongoing series artist on Vertigo’s MADAME XANADU and her other work for DC Comics includes SUPERGIRL covers. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Reeder will be drawing BATWOMAN, beginning with the second arc.

IVAN REIS: Ivan Reis is a Brazilian comic book artist who is best known for his work on GREEN LANTERN: SECRET ORIGIN, which was used as reference for the recent Warner Bros Pictures film Green Lantern. Other credits include GHOST published by Dark Horse, CAPTAIN MARVEL, IRON MAN, DEFENDERS and AVENGERS published by Marvel Comics as well as the DC Comics titles TEEN TITANS, SUPERMAN, INFINITE CRISIS and the mini-series BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY. Reis co-designed this year’s NYCC JUSTICE LEAGUE poster and as part of DC Comics-The New 52 he’s drawing AQUAMAN.

SCOTT SNYDER:   Scott Snyder is the writer and co-creator of the New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award winning comic book series AMERICAN VAMPIRE published by Vertigo, which he launched with Stephen King in October 2010. Snyder began his writing career with a collection of stories, VOODOO HEART (Dial Press) and is currently writing DETECTIVE COMICS and GATES OF GOTHAM for DC.  Snyder teaches writing at Columbia University, NYU and Sarah Lawrence College and is working on a novel called THE GOODBYE SUIT, to be published by Dial. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Snyder will be writing SWAMP THING and BATMAN. He lives in the New York City area.

ARDIAN SYAF: Ardian Syaf is an Indonesian artist, whose work for DC Comics includes GREEN LANTERN CORPS and BRIGHTEST DAY. As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Syaf is drawing BATGIRL. NYCC marks the first time he will be attending an American comic convention.

PETER J. TOMASI:  Peter J.  Tomasi proudly helped usher in new eras for GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN, and JSA during his tenure as a DC Comics Senior Editor. He is now  writing comics and screenplays, with his recent work including such DC titles  as BRIGHTEST DAY, GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS, NIGHTWING, THE OUTSIDERS, BATMAN: BLACKEST NIGHT, BLACK ADAM and the critically acclaimed creator-owned projects LIGHT BRIGADE and THE MIGHTY.  As part of DC Comics -The New 52 Tomasi will begin anew with BATMAN AND ROBIN and THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS.

Customers interested in signing up for New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini at lsettembrini@reedexpo.com.  Tickets for NYCC are now on sale via the websitewww.NewYorkComicCon.com.  Limited 4-Day tickets are available.  For further information about all ReedPOP shows and activity, please visit Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.MediumAtLarge.net.  Convention organizers note that many more guests will be announced over the next few weeks and months and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website and blog for additional comics, entertainment and anime announcements.

ABOUT REEDPOP:  ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena.  ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans.  The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo.  The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

ABOUT DC ENTERTAINMENT: DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

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